Last year I wrote about the National Firearms Act, and how to get around the law by using an SB 47/SB 15 pistol brace as an improvised stock.
In summary, the brace has made non-NFA rifles with barrels shorter than 16 inches legal.
About that time, I had just gotten an M92 PAP equipped with an SB 47 brace and was loving it. It’s been a few months, and I have a lot more trigger time behind it. I took a local carbine course as a guest, and I was the only one using such a contraption. The course was basic, and took place from 25 yards to 5 yards, with about 400 rounds total. The M92 PAP performed like a champ, but I didn’t feel that I felt the true potential of the carbine.
I don’t mince words; I call this a pistol with a brace, a carbine with a rubber stock. That’s how I use it, anyway. So what is the true potential of a weapon like this? Well, first off, in close-quarters battle this beast is hard to beat. The short barrel makes the weapon handy to move around corners and doors, and inside buildings in general. The caliber, a 7.62 x 39 mm, is a powerful round that only loses at most 200 feet per second from the 10-inch barrel. The round is a capable penetrator, and can be devastating at close range.
The M92 PAP can be considered a personal defense weapon, for both technical and political reasons. Politically, the term “personal-defense” is both more realistic and easier on the ears than whatever the anti-gun crowds lies to the public about. Your average personal defense weapon is often considered a glorified submachine gun in some oddball caliber that will never be adopted by a First World military. For example, when you look at weapons like the AKSU 74, you see a more realistic and effective PDW, an extremely short rifle, chambered in a capable and common cartridge. Another excellent example is the AAC Honey Badger in 300 Blackout.
The M92 PAP makes for an excellent personal defensive weapon with less recoil than a shotgun, and more lethality and power than a pistol. It is longer than a traditional pistol, but when you factor in the fact that one must extend your arms to effectively aim a traditional pistol, the M92 PAP isn’t much longer. Plus, you get a much more powerful rifle cartridge, a more stable platform, and 30 rounds of ammunition.